Mike Hum­ble

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Editorial -

This is­sue we in­tro­duce our new reg­u­lar colum­nist: Mike Hum­ble (seen in a rather grubby state, right). Mike will need lit­tle in­tro­duc­tion to read­ers – his last ar­ti­cle, about a be­spoke 1932 Cum­mins-pow­ered replica, was in our 60th an­niver­sary is­sue. Mike will be the first to say that he has big boots to fill af­ter the three decades of Ted Con­nolly’s col­umn.

Mike has a 30-year his­tory in the mo­tor trade and will be giv­ing us lots of in­sight into his past, present and fu­ture deal­ings with the trade, in­clud­ing some com­i­cal mis­ad­ven­tures along the way.

Mike tells me his ca­reer started at the age of 16, when a Ford deal­er­ship took him on as an ap­pren­tice. At 18, he moved to an en­gi­neer­ing com­pany, re­build­ing en­gines and gear­boxes. At 20, he be­came a Rover deal­er­ship tech­ni­cian. Later, he went into the High Street car ac­ces­sory game as an area man­ager, be­fore a stint as a Rover parts man­ager at the main dealer and then sell­ing new Mg/rovers up to the com­pany’s demise. More re­cently, he’s been sell­ing cars and com­mer­cials, and to­day drives HGVS and coaches.

Mike’s had an ac­tive ca­reer at all lev­els of the auto busi­ness and we’re look­ing for­ward to read­ing about it. Let us know if his mem­o­ries strike a chord with you.

Mr Hum­ble is of­ten to be found fix­ing mo­tors on his drive­way – more of­ten than not, a Rover of some sort!

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